Four-day, hosted backcountry ride explores the best of the Ochocos and John Day region.
If you’ve ever had the urge to get on a bike and pedal to the horizon without looking back, but don’t have the gear to support a multi-day adventure, here is your chance.
The Ochoco Overlander “bikepack” adventure is returning to Central Oregon for its second year. Hosted by Good Bike Co. and Salsa Cycles, this four-day excursion (Sept. 20-23) will take riders over 175 miles and 14,000 vertical feet through the scenic Ochoco forest and into the John Day River country. On the first day, you’ll be able to camp, swim, and fish along the John Day River, after a seventy-mile ride. Day two keeps things easy with a leisurely pedal through the breathtaking Painted Hills, which are considered one of the seven wonders of Oregon. Day three features a climb to the summit of Mt. Pisgah, and provides the opportunity to camp, swim and fish at Walton Lake. Day four concludes back at Prineville with a family-style dinner and bonfire on the outdoor patio at Good Bike Co. Every morning, you will be greeted with a warm breakfast and coffee from Backporch Coffee Roasters. Registration costs $375 per rider.